is Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Auckland and co-director of the Language, Culture and Cognition Lab
. His research uses computational modeling tools to study the evolution of language and culture. He is co-leader of Glottobank.
Russell Gray Ph.D. (Univ. Auckland), FRSNZ, is the Director of the Department of
Linguistic and Cultural Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human
History. He is sponsor and co-leader of Glottobank.
Wolfgang Barth works on data discovery and formation. He finds and sorts kinship systems
and numeric systems for Parabank.
Damián Blasi is a postdoc at the University of Zürich and an external member of the
MPI SHH where he uses large-scale typological databases to make inferences on the
relevance of non-linguistic factors on linguistic structures, and provides general
statistical assistance for Glottobank.
is a research fellow affiliated
with the University of Auckland, and developing new methods to infer deep language
relationships using the Glottobank data.
(PhD, Harvard, 2004) is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Yale University. She is a specialist in historical linguistics and language documentation, with particular reference to the languages of Australia - Yale Pama-Nyungan Lab
. She does fieldwork in northern Australia on Yolŋu and Nyulnyulan languages and her reference grammar of Bardi appeared in 2012. Her current research involves the possible differences between languages spoken by hunter-gatherer groups and the better-studied languages of agriculturalists. She has led an interdisciplinary initiative funded by the National Science Foundation’s Human Social Dynamics program to investigate hunter-gatherer language change, including differences in loan rates, material culture nomenclature, and ethnobiology.
Thiago Chacon is a professor at the University of Brasilia, who works with languages
from the Northwest Amazon. He is involved with historical, typological and descriptive
linguistic research, as well as interdisciplinary projects aimed at explaining
linguistic diversity from a broad historical perspective. Within Glottobank, Thiago is
involved in Parabank, Lexibank and Phonobank.
Jeremy Collins is a PhD student at Radboud University, Nijmegen and the Max Planck
Institute for Psycholinguistics, researching language structures and what their
distributions can show about prehistoric relatedness and contact between languages. He
is a Grambank designer and feature patron.
Luise Dorenbusch studied linguistics in Leipzig and Nijmegen and has worked at the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology and the MPI for Psycholinguistics. Currently based in Leipzig, she codes language data for Grambank with a focus on the non-Pama-Nyungan languages of Australia.
Michael Dunn studies the evolution of language structure and the history of language families. His work combines traditional linguistic methods with computational (phylogenetic) approaches from the biological and ecological sciences. Michael is Professor of General Linguistics at Uppsala University in Sweden.
is a typologist and anthropological linguist specialising in Australian and
Papuan languages. He is an ARC Laureate Professor at the Australian National University
and director of the
ARC Research Centre for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL)
Within Glottobank he is a member of the Parabank Collective and an Associated
Collaborator in Grambank.
is responsible for strategies and infrastructure for data curation and
presentation within the consortium, bringing in the experiences gathered in the
Simon Greenhill studies how languages evolve using computational methods and large-scale cross-linguistic databases. He is currently a research fellow in the ARC Research Centre for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL), and at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. His role in this project is design and analysis of Lexibank and Parabank.
Harald Hammarström has a background in linguistics and computer science. He is working
in the Grambank project in the design, planning and management as well as website
programming and occasional coding.
Hannah Haynie is a postdoctoral associate at Colorado State University, conducting
research on the evolution and geography of language and culture. As a historical
linguist, she has worked primarily on languages of North America and Australia, and
holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California Berkeley. Hannah is a
Grambank designer and feature patron.
is a senior scientist at
MPI-SHH Jena. Within Glottobank, he contributes
linguistic, archaeological and genetic perspectives to Bayesian phylogenetic analyses of
Indo-European origins. He runs the CoBL database project on Co
gnacy in B
starting with a database for the Indo-European family, a successor to IELex
Dunn. He also runs the Sound Comparisons
database project for exploring diversity in
phonetics across language families from around the world.
Roberto Herrera is a research assistant working on the Grambank and Parabank projects
since June 2015. He is based in Leipzig and works mostly on languages of the so-called
Intermediate Area in the Americas.
Jessica Katiuscia Ivani is a PhD student at the University of Pavia, conducting
typological research on the morphosyntax of grammatical features, with a focus on
nominal number and gender. Within Glottobank, she is involved in the Parabank project.
Olga Krasnoukhova is a member of the Grambank project and is responsible for coding data on South American languages.
Her research interests lie in linguistic typology and areal linguistics focusing on South American languages. Her doctoral thesis (2012) investigated syntactic and morphosyntactic characteristics of the Noun Phrase components. Olga is also one of the designers of the SAILS database (http://sails.clld.org/).
Jakob Lesage is a PhD student at INALCO in Paris and is part of the Adagram (http://llacan.vjf.cnrs.fr/AdaGram/#nogo) project based at the research unit "Langage, Langues et Cultures d'Afrique Noir" (LLACAN), where he is working on a (coder-friendly) grammar of Kam, an Adamawa language of northeastern Nigeria. He is a Grambank feature patron and occasional coder.
Stephen Levinson is Director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. His work
focusses on language diversity and its implications for theories of human cognition. He is
a designer and senior advisor on the Grambank project.
is a post-doctoral research fellow currently pursuing an
interdisciplinary research project on Chinese dialect history in Paris. In his research, he generally follows a data-driven, empirical, and quantitative perspective on language change and language history, with a focus on computer-assisted approaches that mediate between classical and computational approaches. He is theoretically and practically involved in the LexiBank and PhonoBank projects.
is a postdoctoral scholar
at the University of Auckland, with a background in mathematics and cognitive science.
He works on Bayesian modelling of linguistic and cultural change, and is the principle
developer of the BEASTling software package, which aims to make computational historical
linguistics more accessible, automatable and replicatable.
Nataliia Neshcheret is a Grambank language coder from Kiel, where she is doing her Master's. Her research interests are computational linguistics and speech processing.
Johanna Nickel is a master's student at CAU Kiel, where she studies Language & Variation and Scandinavian studies. Her role at Grambank is to code languages.
Sören Pieper is a Grambank coder from Kiel. He is in the final stages of his MA in Language and Variation and Political Science at the University of Kiel. He is currently writing his MA thesis in typology concerning the cross-linguistic diversity of antipassives.
Kyla Quinn is a PhD student in the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language at the Australian National University in Canberra. She is researching whether syncretism can be used as a tool for diagnosing phylogeny and contact relationships between languages. Kyla is also interested in morphology and paradigms, their description and visualisation. Kyla is one of the designers of Parabank.
Linda Raabe is a bachelor student at CAU Kiel, where she studies empirical linguistics. Her role in Grambank is to code languages.
is a research group leader at MPI-SHH Jena. With her team, she plans to contribute data on the Transeurasian languages to Grambank, Parabank and Lexibank. Project website here
is a PhD student in linguistics at ANU and one of the designers and
patrons in Grambank. She was previously employed as a coder within the Nijmegen
Typological Survey which is the precursor to Grambank
. Her role in Grambank is to help manage and coordinate coding of
languages and the design of the questionnaire. She is the patron for 48 Grambank
features, including features concerning negation and tense & aspect. Her PhD project is
on factors influencing the diversification of languages, what is it that makes Samoa so
different from Vanuatu?
The PhD project
is a part of the
Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity
Jana Winkler is a master's student of Language & Variation and English Language, Literature & Lingustics at CAU Kiel. She has an interest in creoles. Her role in Grambank is to code languages.
Alena Witzlack-Makarevich is an assistant professor at the University of Kiel. Her role in GramBank is to supervise the coders at the University of Kiel. She is also a patron of twenty feature related to grammatical relations and alignment.